Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (COU551)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course provides a practical introduction to developmental, familial, cultural, ethical, practical, and theoretical approaches to counselling children and adolescents. It examines both theoretical and technical components of child and adolescent psychotherapeutic work across a common structural-procedural psychotherapeutic process.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY 2 YEARS


  • Emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents
  • Developmental constructs and principles
  • Consideration of familial, cultural and special needs concerns in the children and adolescent population, with emphasis on the local context.
  • Ethical and professional concerns when working with children and adolescents, with emphasis on the local context.
  • Skills and techniques in engagement of children and adolescents in counselling
  • Assessment of children and adolescents’ presenting problems with a systemic lens
  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Advocacy for children and adolescents in the local context
  • Mental health problems and treatment considerations in childhood
  • Mental health problems and treatment in adolescents
  • Essential therapy approaches with children
  • Essential therapy approaches with adolescents

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the developmental issues in childhood and adolescents.
  • Appraise familial, cultural and special developmental contexts of children and adolescents.
  • Assess ethical and professional issues in counselling children and adolescents.
  • Formulate problems presented by children and adolescents.
  • Recommend appropriate counselling approaches to working with children and adolescents.
  • Select appropriate psychotherapy skills for use in counselling children and adolescents in local contexts.
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